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Palestinians must oppose incitement — Kerry

Speaking in London ahead of talks with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, US Secretary of State John Kerry calls on the Palestinian leadership to denounce the attack.

“Our hearts go out for all Israelis for the atrocity of this event and for all the reminders of history that come with it,” Kerry tells reporters.

“People who have come to worship God in a sanctuary of a synagogue were… murdered in a holy place in an act of pure terror and senseless brutality and murder.

“I call on the Palestinian leadership at every single level to condemn this in the most powerful terms… and take serious steps to restrain any kind of incitement,” he adds.

“This violence has no place anywhere, particularly after the discussion that we had just the other day in Amman,” Kerry says, referring to a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

A US official traveling with Kerry says that the secretary of state had called Abbas, urging him to ease tensions.

— AFP

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